This vegan sacher torte (or sachertorte) takes me back to my childhood. It’s a traditional cake that originated in Vienna, Austria.
I remember growing up in Ljubljana, Slovenia and going to a tea house down the road from my home. The place always smelt amazing. I would usually go with my dad. His favourite tea was the black tea flavoured with wild cherries. One other thing that he always used to get that we would share was a slice of the Vienna classic chocolate cake, sacher torte.
Since then, over 20 years later, I may have had that cake less than a handful of times. It has a special place in my heart because it takes me back to my sweet childhood.
A traditional sacher torte with a twist
I enjoy trying to recreate those memories and recipes but with my own take to it. The twists to this are that it’s vegan, gluten-free and naked (no ganache).
I’ve made the cake itself quite sweet and married with the apricot jam, I find that a ganache would make it too sweet. If you prefer to have the ganache, just opt out the dark chocolate in the cake batter and use that to make the ganache. You would just melt the chocolate over a double boiler and pour over the top.
Sacher torte is a moist but dense chocolate cake with apricot jam in the middle, finished off with a ganache on the outside and if you’re going very traditional, an ‘S’ or ‘Sacher’ is also added on top of the cake pipped with the ganache in thin letters.
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As well as the cake, I thought I’d share with you some images from my childhood area just around my house from photos my husband Michael and I took when we were there in 2015. These were all taken within 5 minutes walking distance from my childhood home.
I tested this recipe so many times and really love the way that it has turned out. Considering that it’s a ‘healthy’ (in comparison to most other cakes), it tastes amazing. It could compete with any other cake out there, vegan, gluten-free or not.
An eggless sacher torte
What I love the most about this cake is that it gets better with age. You can store it in your fridge for up to 3 days. It will be denser which is how I actually prefer it.
Note that the images in this post are taken of the cake on the first day.
This vegan sacher torte is:
- Melt in your mouth
- Fudgey, yet fluffy
- Free from obscure ingredients